For those of us living in cold weather climates,
whoah are we ready for summer! Let's welcome it in
by arming ourselves with a few essential tips that,
in our opinion, will not just keep you safe, but the
general public as well.
We receive countless requests asking us to discuss
when is the best time to take vitamins. This is
extremely difficult to generalize. See my comments
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Some of our summer safety tips may stray a bit from
the norm, but would you expect anything less?
Combining these preventative measures along with the
conventional makes it the best of both worlds for
Topics include: energy conservation, grilling,
hydration, insects, pool safety, sunscreen, vitamin
D. Be sure to comment on anything we may have
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is the Best Time to Take My Vitamins?
When is the best time to take vitamins? Morning,
noon or night? With meals or without?
When an old client asks me this question, my first
thought is...are you not following your supplement
sheet? I go to great lengths to devise supplement
protocols that take into account physical maladies,
incorporate lifestyle limitations, ensure optimal
absorption, guarantee potency, quality, and safety,
as well as avoid contraindications with medication.
For those who have never seen a licensed
professional to tailor a dietary supplement regimen
specifically for them, I categorically urge you to
do so. There are very few general suggestions I can
make because of the countless variables I take into
account when devising a dietary supplement regimen.
For what it is worth, here are a few:
1) Do not take a multivitamin/mineral in the morning
if at all possible. For most, it is smallest meal of
the day, if one eats at all. Absorption is very low
and most contain zinc, which can make you nauseous,
especially on an empty stomach. Multis need to be
taken with or directly after a meal.
2) Fat soluble vitamins are best absorbed when taken
with some fat. This does not apply to vitamin D,
which can be taken any time (because it is more
hormone than vitamin).
3) Water soluble vitamins can be taken with
(preferred) or without food.
4) Iron is best absorbed when taken away from meals
with a little bit of vitamin C and no zinc.
5) Probiotics are best taken away from food whenever
Unfortunately, any further suggestions are
completely dependent on the individual. For those
who have never had a health professional review your
supplement regimen, if you are a client who has
completely changed everything that was originally
recommended, or if you fell off the wagon and want
to get back on, contact a knowledgeable health
professional. You wouldn't self-prescribe
medications. Why do it with supplements?
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